... a blog to make sense of the world through writing and acts of creativity, to reflect on and respond to the crazy world in which we live. Can beauty, creativity, compassion, and activism emerge from this tension?
This past year, I consciously worked on making my decision to retire from teaching. I was looking for "signs" about whether or not this was the time to do it.
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I bought a book by a writer-artist-entrepreneur, Austin Kleon, titled Show Your Work, and he advised folks aspiring to be financially viable doing creative work, to get your own website. He said if there's one take-away that readers should get, it's that. So I followed his advice and actually paid for a domain name.
Pretty amazing what taking that step does for your motivation level. It is self-affirmation. When I was teaching full-time, that was my identity so paying for a domain name and website for my writing seemed excessive. But now that I am taking my life in another direction, it is very appropriate.
But it is also intimidating. I have built websites before. I used Rapid Weaver and iWeb in the past. It was easy enough. I think I can do this. I will do this. By the time you read this, I did do this.
Diane Aoki is a writer who explores other modes of creativity as her intuition leads her.